Ep 005: What We Can Do About Burnout (Part 2)

Today we’re continuing our two-part series on organizational efforts to decrease physician burnout. Last week, I described assessment tools that might help us begin our efforts for change within our organizations, and this episode is following up with examples of targeted interventions for improving physician wellness.

While every organization has its own unique needs and challenges, there are plenty of options for what institutions can do to keep their doctors healthy. Listen in to hear the types of interventions that have been successful, issues that make organizational efforts less likely to make an impact, and advice for supporting physicians in all aspects of their well-being.

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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Examples of organizational efforts to improve physician wellness.
  • What makes interventions less likely to be successful.
  • How to get ideas for efforts your organization can try.
  • A common thing physicians report as a cause of burnout.
  • What some organizations have done to ensure physicians are using their time efficiently.
  • One area of intervention that’s grossly overlooked.
  • What can be done to create a sense of community among physicians.
  • The unsettling trend studies show us about women in medicine.
  • What to do after an intervention effort takes place.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

All interventions need to be genuine, with buy-in from both physicians and organizational leaders. - @KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet We can’t have physician wellness if disadvantaged populations don’t feel welcome and valued. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet Physicians should never be made to feel their burnout is their fault alone. When organizations develop interventions that support the personal aspects of wellness, it needs to be done as part of a bigger program. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet

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Ep 004: What We Can Do About Burnout (Part 1)

Did you know that greater than 50% of American physicians report symptoms of burnout? It’s a sad truth in medicine today, and it’s not only physicians who suffer as a result. Burnout leads to decreased patient satisfaction, decreased quality of care, and increased medical errors.

This is an organizational issue that has far-reaching implications, and it’s up to all of us to do something about this problem. So this week, we’re starting a two-part series addressing organizational efforts to decrease physician burnout. Listen in to learn what can be done within your institution to keep physicians healthy.

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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • What has led to such high rates of physician burnout.
  • Problems associated with burned-out physicians.
  • Why organizations should invest in physician wellness.
  • How much physician turnover costs institutions.
  • The three categories of physician wellness.
  • Tools for understanding and measuring burnout.
  • What can we do to help and prevent physician burnout.
  • Where to start when working to address physician wellness.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

{Physician burnout} is a shared problem with a shared responsibility to work for change. - @KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet To strive for change that will be effective, we need to recognize that each organization has its unique situation, and we can tailor a plan according to those unique needs. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet The large majority of physicians love medicine and simply want to practice in a setting that works better for them. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet

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Ep 003: Setting Healthy Boundaries

Today’s episode tackles something that many physicians struggle with: setting boundaries. Though healthy boundaries are an important aspect of wellness, it is far too common for us to want to do more than we can and stretch ourselves too thin because we don’t know how to say “no,” or because we’re afraid to.

But the truth is, we’re human. We can’t do everything, and setting boundaries that communicate this is an act of self-care that can’t be ignored. If this is something you struggle with, listen in to hear the steps you can take to start setting healthy boundaries in your own life.

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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Why it’s important to set boundaries.
  • How having weak boundaries hurts us.
  • The shocking percentage of physicians in America who report symptoms of burnout.
  • What’s at the root of such high rates of physician burnout.
  • Reasons physicians may have a hard time setting healthy boundaries.
  • An acronym to keep in mind for dealing with people who constantly test your limits.
  • Key steps to take for setting healthy boundaries.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

At some point in our lives, we have to come to terms that we can’t do it all. We have to choose what we prioritize. - @KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet We need to hold ourselves and each other to the same healthy behaviors we prescribe to our patients. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet No matter our experiences early in life, it’s never too late for us to learn to set healthy boundaries. It’s a skill that can be learned at any time in our lifespan. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet

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